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Longview names interim fire chief

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - There is a new chief in town for one East Texas city. Friday, J.P. Steelman was named interim fire chief for the Longview Police Department.

Steelman is a 20-year veteran of the department, and is replacing Michael Pruitt, who was terminated after a vote of no confidence on his leadership.

Steelman says this appointment is a surprise, but he's prepared for it

"I've spent a lifetime and this is one of those positions that I don't know that your ever truly fully prepared for, but I look at it as a great educational experience to get in and to get more involved with the aspect of the administrative side of the fire department," said Battalion Chief J.P. Steelman.

The city will not start the search process for a permanent fire chief until October.

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